Takeuchi’s new dual-powered excavator enables indoor operation

Updated Jan 3, 2017

Takeuchi Compact Excavator Parked in Lot

Takeuchi-US, a manufacturer of compact equipment, has released its first hybrid dual-powered excavator, the TB216H compact excavator.

The TB216H features both an electric motor and diesel engine with its own pump group to power the machine’s hydraulics. The dual-power feature enables the operator to work indoors or outdoors.

Takeuchi says machine performance is consistent regardless of the power source the operator chooses. In diesel mode, the machine is powered by a 14.9-horsepower Yanmar Tier 4 Final engine. For emission-free environments, the machine can be powered by its 14.2-horsepower electric motor.

The diesel engine is appropriate for normal day-to-day operation – to load, unload and power the machine to an enclosed jobsite. Indoors, the TB216H can be plugged in to a 400-480 volt three-phase power source for emission-free operation.

If the machine is connected to electric power while the diesel engine is running, Takeuchi says, the diesel engine will automatically shut off and the excavator will begin to run off electric power.

The ignition, throttle, joysticks and travel functions are the same regardless of the mode selected to power the machine, according to the manufacturer, providing an easy transition for an operator coming off of a machine that is strictly diesel powered.

Takeuchi says its new TB216H features an undercarriage that retracts from 51.2 inches to 38.6 inches. In addition, the blade has bolt-on extensions that enable the width of the blade to match the undercarriage.

The TB216H has an operating weight of 4,277 pounds, maximum bucket breakout force of 4,250 pounds and maximum arm crowd force of nearly 1,843 pounds. Its working range includes a maximum dig depth of 7 feet 10 inches and maximum reach of 13 feet 5 inches.

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